Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waiting on The Future Without Hope


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

The Future Without Hope (The World Without End #3) by Nazarea Andrews
Expected Publication: November 20, 2014 by A & A Literary
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Separated from Finn, captive of the Order, Nurrin has no hope left. But she has survived twenty years of zombies--and she has the unshakable faith that Finn will find her. 

But Finn is a long way away. The Order's influence runs deeper than was ever suspected, and politics are shifting--and zombies may not be the most dangerous thing she's facing. 

Finn always thought the war stripped him of all he had to lose. But with Nurrin missing and doors closing in his face, he realizes there is always more for the world to take--and he will drag the remains of civilization down with him before he gives up on the only promise that matters.
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #75: Last Light


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Last Light (Night Owl #2) by M. Pierce:

Teasers: "People are so depraved, so desperate for money. They'll take advantage of anyone, Hannah. Predators."
(Loc 6% in ARC ebook)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, October 27, 2014

State of Emergency - Review

State of Emergency (Collapse Series #1) 

By: Summer Lane

Published: January 28, 2013 by Writing Belle

228 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads /Amazon $1.99)

Summary:
What would you do if the world as you know it ended in an instant? 
How far would you go to survive? 

Cassidy Hart is your typical High School graduate: A little shy, a little sarcastic, and a little naive. But when an electromagnetic pulse takes down the United States, she's forced to kick into full survival mode when she gets separated from her father. 
Yeah. Things suck. 
But with the help of a handsome soldier named Chris, she just might find her dad without getting into serious trouble.
Emphasis on might. 
Oh. And there's the matter of avoiding getting killed in a world that's quickly turned into an active war zone. 
It's going to change Cassidy's life.
It's going to be a major pain in the butt.

New Adult/Young Adult Contemporary Romantic Adventure
MY REVIEW:
For the month of October I enjoy reading zombie stories or apocalyptic stories. I'm glad I came across this one! It was constant action; just when you think there's a break for the characters, it's either short lived or turns out to be a worse situation than before.

Cassidy is a 19 year old college student. Her Dad was in the police force for 30 years and is now a detective. He also has an "always be prepared" motto and as such has taught her to have an escape plan, a special meeting place if they ever get separated and backpacks in their house filled with essential items she would need in the event of a catastrophe, including weapons. So when all electricity, vehicles and technology goes out and stops working in Los Angeles, she goes into survival mode, doing all the things her dad taught her to be prepared for.

She sets off in an old Mustang, that was unharmed because it doesn't have a microchip in it, to the meeting place she has with her Dad, but to get there by car will take several hours in a normal day. This day, though, is anything from normal, as now planes are dropping out of the sky like giant bombs. Along the way she nearly runs over a wounded soldier standing in the road. Twenty-Eight year old Chris turns out to be a help and companion she can't survive without. In a world where people are now fighting each other to survive, she can't trust anyone else and was lucky to find him.

This story had elements of a favorite movie of mine from my childhood Red Dawn.

If you like apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic stories with a romantic flare then you'll enjoy this! Cassidy's sarcasm will be sure to win you over. If that doesn't, 6 foot 4 inch all muscle Chris SURE will!

Favorite Quotes:
"Upstanding citizens will become criminals in a week or two. Desperation brings human beings down to the same level."

"I doubt there's any heat left on this side of the planet, though. It got sucked out with people's sanity forty-eight hours ago."

"Forgive me for holding out some hope that there was still junk food left in the world."

Something I've learned over the years - and particularly in the last few months - is that it never hurts to be prepared for the worst. Hope for the best, get ready for the crappy.

It's not my job to decide who lives or dies. I guess that's what sets me apart from the enemy in this game of survival. This State of Emergency.

Final Rating - 4.5 stars

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Post #99

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED OR FREEBIES~
Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Buy Link: Amazon

State of Rebellion (Collapse Series #3) by Summer Lane
Buy Link: Amazon

State of Pursuit (Collapse Series #4) by Summer Lane
Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - Rome by Jay Crownover (4 stars)

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

FRIDAY:
Review - With You (Tear Asunder 0.5) by Nashoda Rose (4 stars)

SATURDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - State of Emergency by Summer Lane
Review - Torn From You by Nashoda Rose

This weekend we hosted a Fall party at our house. 27 friends were here. We played some games with the kids, ate food, enjoyed fellowship and played a Halloween Taboo game with the adults. Good times! 

After such a busy event Friday night, I spent Saturday doing very little. Translation: as little movement as possible from my couch. Haha

Enjoy your books!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 Series Ender Reading Challenge - October Wrap Up


It's time for our tenth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Can you guys believe that we're wrapping up October already? Goodness! Since posting the September Wrap Up, Sandy finished Pull (Push, # 2) by Claire Wallis.


Holly read more books than normal for her in October, but didn't finish any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the October giveaway runs from October 25th - November 25th. On November 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.





Friday, October 24, 2014

With You - Novella Review

With You (Tear Asunder 0.5)

By: Nashoda Rose

Published: December 20, 2013 by Smashwords Edition

65 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library (FREEBIE!)

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
Sculpt is an illegal fighter.

He’s also the lead singer of a local rock band.

No one knows his real name.

And from the moment I met him, he made me forget mine.

In order to convince Sculpt to give me self-defense lessons, I had to follow his one rule—no complaining or he’d walk. I didn’t think it would be a problem. I could handle a few bruises. What I hadn’t anticipated was landing on my back with Sculpt on top of me and my entire body burning up for him.

I tried to ignore it.

I failed of course. And having a hot, tattooed bad*** on top of me week after week, acting completely immune to what he was doing to my body—it was frustrating, so I broke his rule—I complained.

Then he kissed me.

Author’s Note: This novella is Sculpt and Emily’s beginning and how they met. It is an extra and not required to be read before “Torn from You”. Their story and what happens to them is the novel “Torn from You”. 

*Warning* Huge cliff-hanger. Like huge! But “With You” and “Torn from You” are released on the same day.*
MY REVIEW:
I saw a fellow blogger advertise this series and she raved about how gooooood it was. How could I pass it up?! A hot guy who fights illegally AND plays in a band AND rides a motorcycle AND has a shady past?! I can name a few stories this sounds similar to this, can't you? I decided to read this novella first before reading book 1 as per the bloggers recommendation. I'm VERY glad I read it first.

Being as short as it is, 65 pages, it's more like a teaser than anything else. There's not much information given. Sculpt is very much mysterious. This portion of the story wets your mouth just enough for what's to come in book one, Torn From You. From that stand point, it did what a novella should do - it gets you excited to read more.

I'd like to point out a few of the elements of this book that make it a great, juicy New Adult contemporary romance story - or more accurately beginning to the story. Without these elements, this book and many others like it, just wouldn't be the same. I dare say they'd be boring to most of us who love this genre. These are all predictable elements. They should be expected. Sometimes they are outrageously silly or ridiculous. But we love them anyway.

1. Barbarianism/Possessiveness In this story Sculpt is the possessive guy. Saying phrases like "you're mine" and "I don't share" are a sure fire way to indicate this dude holds the barbarian card.

2. Pet Names: Usually pet names don't bother me....but in this story, Sculpt calls Emily "mouse". How degrading is that?! So....is she "mousy", "small and fury with whiskers", "quiet and vulnerable"? Nothing about being called "mouse" would get me going. But it seems to work for her.

3. Panty dropping reaction, just by a single look: One thing I love about these fictional guys is that they have so much confidence, so much charisma and charm, so much sexiness oozing out of their pores that they get this reaction out of females by one single look.

4. Kisses that make you stammer, stutter and basically turn your brain into a pile of stupid mush. "I...Scuplt you're..." What was the word? "Overwhelming and - " Geesh! Really? Are their kisses SO HOT that you can't form a complete thought out loud?

5. The Virgin Girl: The dude is always a manwhore and the girl - she's barely even kissed a few guys and is willing and more than ready to be shown the wild ways of the well experienced sex god.

6. A Shady/Secret Past: This is the plot line of every single New Adult contemporary out there! 75%-80% through those secrets finally catch up to the characters and they can't handle it anymore or it tears them (briefly) apart. "My past isn't important. There's nothing to talk about." Riiiiiight. Famous last words.

I jumped right in to book one, Torn From You, as in IMMEDIATELY, following the end of this novella. I would also highly recommend that interested readers check out this novella first to get the back-story of how Emily and Sculpt meet, and THEN take on book one.

Fans of series like Marked Men and Beautiful Disaster would enjoy this.

Fair warning: this series is New Adult romance, borderline erotica in some aspects IMO, and as such has mature themes, graphic sexual situations and strong language.

Favorite Quotes:
I saw the truth in his words. The meaning in his touch and the sweetness in his kiss. There was something more to him than he let everyone see. A vulnerability beneath his confidence.

It was possessive and raw, almost painful, but it stole my breath, held it captive, and chained me to him.

"And you, Sculpt...are dangerous. You know why? Because not a single person knows who you are."

Final Rating - 4 stars

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Never Never

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Expected Publication: January 31, 2015 by Hoover Inc.
Preorder Buy Link: Not available at this time
Best friends since they could walk. In love by the age of fourteen. Dating for over four years. 
She’ll do everything she can to never forget. 
He’ll do everything he can to never remember. 
Too bad it’s not up to them. 
OH. MY. GOSH! The two of these writers collaborating together on this story will most definitely equal an emotionally charged, snot nosed, tear fest! I can't wait!!
What are you waiting on this week?
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